Artist

Brent Kee Young

Brent Kee Young, glass artist and Cleveland Institute of Art professor emeritus, has been recognized by scores of museums, galleries, colleges and universities in the United States and Asia, which have displayed and acquired his work and invited him to speak, demonstrate and teach. In 2006, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery acquired its .....

Brent Kee Young, glass artist and Cleveland Institute of Art professor emeritus, has been recognized by scores of museums, galleries, colleges and universities in the United States and Asia, which have displayed and acquired his work and invited him to speak, demonstrate and teach. In 2006, the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery acquired its second piece by Professor Young for its permanent collection. “Amphora….Save” is from Professor Young’s Matrix Series, a construction of intricate and technically complex works he created by flame working borosilicate glass rods into layers of glass webs. Also in 2011, Professor Young was selected to receive a most prestigious Creative Workforce Fellowship, generously supported by the citizens of Cuyahoga County, Ohio where he lives and works. In 2012 his work was published in 50 Years of Studio Glass, a selection of 50 top glass artists working world-wide.

Professor Young has conducted numerous workshops in the U.S. and Asia including at The Niijima International Glass Art Festival, Niijima, Tokyo; the International Glass Art Society Conference, Seto, Japan; Grand Crystal, Peitou City, Taiwan, ROC; University of Miami, Coral Gables; Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville; University of Kentucky, Louisville; and California Polytechnic University, San Louis Obispo. He has served as a juror for The National Endowment for the Arts and lectured at the Smithsonian Institution’s Renwick Gallery. In 1990, Professor Young was selected as head of glass at Aichi University of Education, Kariya, Japan where he was responsible for establishing the studio, designing and implementing the curriculum and teaching the first glass program in a national university in Japan. Currently retired from teaching, Professor Young continues his inquiries into the mysteries that working with glass has to offer….

CURRENTLY

Artist/Designer/Maker, working in Glass since 1973

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

2014 –  2020 Professor Emeritus, Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH

2018 Best in Glass Award, 75th Ohio Annual Exhibition, Zanesville Museum of Art, Zanesville, OH

2018 Artist of the Future Award: for Uniting Science and Art, presented by the Imagine Museum

2017 Solo exhibit Light & Line: the Matrix Series of Brent Kee Young, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, IN

1973 – 2014 2014 Professor and Head of the Glass Department, Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, OH

2014 Lecture and Workshops at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL (multiple years)

2013 Jurors Award at 41st Habatat International Invitational, Habatat Galleries in Royal Oak, MI  Award for Outstanding Achievement, Ohio Designer Craftsment  Sabbatical Leave to conduct artistic research and continued development of the Matrix Series  Published in Studio Glass in America: A 50 Year Journey by Ferdinand Hampson, Shiffer Press

2012 Exhibition and Lectures, Akron Art Museum in Akron, OH

2011 Creative Workforce Fellowship, Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in Cuyahoga Co, OH

2010 Lecture Workshop, University of Miami in Coral Gables, FL

2008 Awarded the Viktor Schreckengost Teaching Award, Cleveland Institute of Art  Lecture and Workshops at Figge Art Museum in Davenport, IA

2005 Sabbatical Leave, Cleveland Institute of Art for artistic research and development  Lectures and Workshops at California Polytechnic Institute in San Louis Obispo, CA and Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL

2003 Workshop Leader, Niijima International Glass Art Festival in Niijima and Tokyo, Japan

2008 Workshop on Furnace Construction at University of Miami, FL

1998 Workshops in Glass Blowing and Glass Casting at the International Glass Art Society Conference in Seto, Japan  Two-week workshop in glass working sponsored by the Glass Art Association of Taiwan in Taipei, Taiwan

1990 Selected as Head of Glass Department at Aichi University of Education in Kariya, Japan; served 18 months and was responsible for building studio, curriculum design and implementation and teaching the first glass program in a national university in Japan

RECENT ACQUISITIONS

2015-2018 Imagine Museum (five works) in St. Petersburg, FL 2015 Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA

2012 Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, PA

2010 Cleveland Museum of Art in Cleveland, OH

2008 Racine Art Museum in Racine, WI  With the Rolland Collection exhibited and

acquired by the Museum of Fine Art in Santa Fe, NM

2007 With the Farago Collection acquired by the Museum of Fine Art in Boston, MA 2006 Toledo Museum of Art (two works) in Toledo, OH  Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian

Museum of American Art in Washington, DC

2003 Niijima Contemporary Glass Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan  Telfair Museum of Art

in Savannah, GA

EDUCATION

M.F.A. Glass Art, Ceramic Sculpture Minor, State University of New York, College of Ceramics at Alfred University in Alfred, NY, 1973

B.A. Ceramic Art, Glass Concentration, San Jose State University in San Jose, CA, 1971

A.A. General Studies, Engineering Emphasis, Modesto Junior College in Modesto, CA, 1967

PERMANENT COLLECTIONS

  •  American Glass Museum, Millville, NJ
  •  Art Institute of Chicago, IL
  •  Birmingham Museum of Fine Art, Birmingham, AL
  •  Bergstrom Mahler Art Museum, Neenah, WI
  •  Butler institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH
  •  Canton Art Institute, Canton, OH
  •  Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA
  •  Cleveland Art Association, Cleveland, OH
  •  Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  •  Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC
  •  Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
  •  First Contemporary Glass Museum, Alcorcon (Madrid), Spain
  •  First Union Bank, Charlotte, NC
  •  Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
  •  Goodyear Tire and Rubber, Akron, OH
  •  Hickory Museum of Art, NC
  •  High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
  •  Hokkaido Museum of Art, Sapporo, Japan
  •  Imagine Museum, St. Petersburg, FL
  •  Lannan Foundation, Palm Beach, FL
  •  Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, Wausau, WI
  •  McDonald’s Corporation, Oakbrook, IL
  •  Milwaukee Public Museum, Milwaukee, WI
  •  Morris Museum of Art, Augusta, GA
  •  Museum of Fine Art, Boston, MA
  •  Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
  •  Muskegon Museum of Art, Muskegon, MI
  •  Niijima Contemporary Glass Art Museum, Niijima, Tokyo, Japan
  •  New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA
  •  North Carolina State Museum of Art, NC
  •  Racine Art Museum, Racine WI
  •  Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC
  •  Shaw Walker Corporation, Muskegon, MI
  •  Southern Ohio Electric Company, Columbus, OH
  •  The Santa Fe Museum of Fine Art, NM
  •  The Toledo Museum of Art, Glass Pavilion, Toledo OH
  •  The Telfair Museum of Art, Savannah GA.
  •  University of Texas at El Paso, TX

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